When Janet Pfeiffer first painted with encaustic using beeswax as a medium, she had been painting for 30 years in watercolor, acrylic, and oils. She was astonished by this method which seemed to synthesize what she considered the attributes of all the other media and had its origins in Ancient Greece. Since encaustic was virtually abandoned in the Renaissance in favor of fresco and tempera, all but the most basic techniques of this tradition have been lost. This absence of a corpus of encaustic expression presents both certain challenges and certain freedoms. Janet is presently exploring the limits of this medium’s possibilities from tradional landscapes to abstracted collage.